I Got My Florida Black Bear

Hondo341Hondo341 MemberPosts: 448 Member
What a wild ride. But, was successful! Got to camp Friday afternoon. Did some chores and such. Saturday morning I was ready. The bears apparently decided to sleep-in. Saturday evening I was chomping at the bit......no bear sightings. I was like you have to be kidding me!! We had been seeing 80% bears for 2 solid weeks.

I called the Bear Hotline Saturday night to see if any quotas had been filled. Wow..3 out of 5 bear management units in the state had tagged out on Day 1. My area in the North and the Everglades South were still open. I went out Sunday morning wondering if I was going to get skunked. Saw a couple does. Not the Make or Model I was after. My buddy had a tag and couldn't fill it as he had to leave for work.

Sunday afternoon rolls around and I new it was now or never. Went to the stand early and just sat. I had my 5" 629 , loaded with 240 gr XTP's over a stiff load of H-110. This was for use if a Bear presented itself at 50 yds or under. Had my CVA Optima muzzleloader stoked with 110 gr BH-209 topped off with a Barnes T-EZ 250 gr .45 sabot for anything over 50 yds or if a nice deer showed up since it is muzzleloader season here. At 5:20 PM I look at my watch and said to myself, "you have 40 minutes of shooting light to make a Bear materialize out of thin air." It wasn't looking too promising. Exactly 5 minutes later I look to my right and SEE THE BEAR!!! It was 85 yards. This was going to be one of those shots where I had to become a Contortionist. Left leg way up and over to my right. Sling wrapped around my forearm. Now if the crosshairs would quit trembling! It didn't do that at the range..LOL. The Bear started out facing me and slowly began to swap ends. I picked my spot and got a slight quartering away shot and squeezed the trigger. As the shot broke, and the smoke cleared away, I saw it running to the thick stuff 10 yards away traveling in the opposite direction.

My heart started racing, and I started trembling. It took me about 5 minutes to simply get the rope tied to lower my rifle down. Finally with that monumental task achieved I slowly eased out and down the stand. As light was fading I eased over to where the Bear was standing when I shot, S&W 629 in hand, glanced around. I saw the paw marks where it bolted away. Being very colorblind I decided to go to camp and get tracking help and let the Bear settle down and expire. 2 buddies and their 4 wheelers came back to help me look. It was 8 PM and pitch black. They spotted blood right away and we began the slow, stumbling, tracking job into the briars. After about 50 yards the blood trail disappeared. We saw the line of travel and my buddy continued on that same line. After about 30 minutes he had gone about 70 yards and.......there it was! Down for the count. We negotiated it out with some difficulty to where we could get a 4-wheeler in, loaded it and headed to camp.



To say I was happy would be an understatement.



It was a female that had a gross weight of 225 lbs.


Ursus Americanus Floridanus.

The local Processor and Taxidermist field dressed it and placed it in the cooler over night. I went and got it Monday morning and took it to the check station. I brought it back to him and he is going to make me a Bear rug to put on the wall. Will get the meat when I go back in a week or so.

I am still on cloud 9.

They closed the hunt kinda early. My Bear Management Unit was supposed to have 100 Bears allotted, but we only had 25 taken if the local newspaper is accurate. Only 295 bears out of the state allotment of 320 were harvested. Mine was one of the last, if not the last, checked in. There were approximately 3,800 tags sold according to the same article.
"People are responsible to play a role in their own safety." Sheriff David Clarke 2016

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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,053 Senior Member
    That is a good looking bear. Nice coat! Congratulations.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,895 Senior Member
    Cool
    nice hunt
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  • Hondo341Hondo341 Member Posts: 448 Member
    Thanks a lot guys. I feel bad that Jeeper didn't get one. He had to leave Sunday afternoon to make it back for work.

    I don't know how they did it but the Bunny-Huggers got my e-mail address and bombed me with hate mail. They are not very well educated. I really don't pay them much attention.
    "People are responsible to play a role in their own safety." Sheriff David Clarke 2016
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,053 Senior Member
    Hondo341 wrote: »
    I don't know how they did it but the Bunny-Huggers got my e-mail address and bombed me with hate mail.
    those morons!
  • Hondo341Hondo341 Member Posts: 448 Member
    When I checked it in the 2 game wardens said they had been at all the check stations all weekend. They were taking tons of photos of the bears, and license plates. They apparently posted on some site "Pictures of the Victims." They should have had the state psychiatrist handing out free anti-psychotics to them. I just ignore them.
    "People are responsible to play a role in their own safety." Sheriff David Clarke 2016
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 8,528 Senior Member
    Congratulations
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,833 Senior Member
    Nice bear...great write-up...
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,723 Senior Member
    Nicely done, it is illegal to harass hunters in MN, check with your CO.
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  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,701 Senior Member
    Excellent. I can imagine the feelings you were having the closer it got to 'shutting up shop' time. Good writeup as well.

    Is this your first?
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,659 Senior Member
    Congrats:beer: Sounds like a good hunt :up:
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  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,952 Senior Member
    I am really happy for Hondo! He's been talking about going bear hunting for years now, so it was a huge thing for FL to finally start offering bear tags (long overdue IMO... we are being overrun in our area).

    The bunny huggers are idiots and have no idea what they are talking about. Pretty much the same group of people responsible for the last 7 years of our current executive office. >.<

    Luis
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  • Hondo341Hondo341 Member Posts: 448 Member
    Yes Orchidman. This is my first Bear. They have been off the menu here for 22 to 23 years.

    Taking a Bear has been one of my Bucket List objectives.
    "People are responsible to play a role in their own safety." Sheriff David Clarke 2016
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,478 Senior Member
    Congratulations. Nice bear.
    Jerry

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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,723 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Good hustle!


    Now, take all those emails you got...and sign up for contests. And dirty picture sites. Turnabouts FairPlay.

    Big Chief is correct, you are genius, I have never made the leap with this thought process.
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  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Senior Member Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    Way to go Hondo! Congratulations!

    Now next time.....wanna have a little more fun? Put that new-fangled CVA in the corner and I'll loan you one of my FLINTLOCKS!
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,701 Senior Member
    Hondo341 wrote: »
    Yes Orchidman. This is my first Bear. They have been off the menu here for 22 to 23 years.

    Taking a Bear has been one of my Bucket List objectives.

    Even better. Glad you finally put a tick next to that! :worthy:
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • Hondo341Hondo341 Member Posts: 448 Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Good hustle!


    Now, take all those emails you got...and sign up for contests. And dirty picture sites. Turnabouts FairPlay.


    I am not up on that but it might be interesting. How would you go about doing that?
    "People are responsible to play a role in their own safety." Sheriff David Clarke 2016
  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,952 Senior Member
    Easy!! They emailed you, so now you have their email address!

    Just copy (control C) their email address and then start hitting sales/advertisement sites and fill them in with their email and info. :-)

    Luis

    ps. You might want to start with something like http://www.galleryofguns.com/ or https://www.huntingfix.com/login/sign-up/

    LOL
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  • Hondo341Hondo341 Member Posts: 448 Member
    Oh my!!!
    "People are responsible to play a role in their own safety." Sheriff David Clarke 2016
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